Moses, Pharaoh and The Ten Plagues – A Parable. Passover Trilogy, Part III

MOSES: Means — “drawn out/pulled out [of water].“ The Moses factor ‘draws us out’ and lead us out of psychological bondage. The “water” aspect of his name symbolizes a balanced state of empowerment and fluidity.

ISRAELITES: The arduous journey to illumination and spiritual discipline. The Israelites rebelled against spiritual discipline. They symbolize our defiant natures.

PHARAOH: Great House, Son of sun. The ancient Egyptians believed each Pharaoh was the god Horus, son of Re, the sun god. When a pharaoh died he was believed to be united with the sun and then a new Horus was sent to rule on earth. Metaphysically he is the ruler of the solar plexus.

Moses and Pharaoh represent two opposing forces at work in the world and within human beings. Moses is the reluctantly evolving force of new ideas that are at odds with the old states of being (Pharaoh).

After fleeing his life as the royal prince of Egypt, Moses spent forty years working out in the pasturelands as a humble shepherd alone with his thoughts. He went from rescued and adopted infant, to prince of Egypt, to humble shepherd.

His father-in-law and employer, Yitro, was a Kenite shepherd and Midianite priest. (Shemot/Exodus 2 – 3). Yitro mentored Moses and took him under his wing. The most influential male role model in his life was not an Israelite, it was Yitro, the Midianite priest.

Later, Moses spent two separate time periods up on a mountain top communing with Divinity for 40 days and 40 nights and another 40 years in the desert wilderness with a resistant and rebellious tribe of Israelites. In their view, Moses ‘pulled them out’ on the trek to liberation against their desire to maintain the status quo.

In Gematria, the number 40 represents new beginnings, transition and change.

THE BURNING BUSH: Where Moses meets Divinity. Fire symbolizes ten things: passion, desire, illumination, rebirth, creativity, resurrection, destruction, hope, damnation and purification. Moses is instructed to lead the Israelites out of Egypt into Canaan.

EHYEH-ASHER-EHYEH: The name GD self-identifies by to Moses, when Moses asks what to say when the Israelites ask for the name of his Divine Authority. (Exodus 3:14). EHYEH-ASHER-EHYEH means ” I AM THAT WHICH I AM. I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE.”

By self-identifying by this name, GD tells Moses “I AM fluidity, I AM becoming, I AM a process unfolding in any given moment.” I AM is a pure state of awareness that arouses the presence of Divinity in human beings.

Free will gives each person the option to attach their sense of I AM to anything. If attached to something false or negative, the person will experience that as their reality. The opposite also holds true.

THE TEN PLAGUES: Symbolizes the ten destructive manifestations we experience in our lives and our world: Hatred, bigotry, violence, abuse, marginalization, poverty, ableism, apathy, narcissism, disease.

HARDNESS OF HEART: Pharaoh’s “hardness of heart“ is our personal ego saying NOPE to change and personal growth.

The heart of Moses was plagued by self-doubt and low self-esteem. He often questioned why GD chose him over his glib and gregarious brother Aaron/Aharon, the high priest. His ‘why me’ resistance to his Divine calling, mirrored the Pharaoh’s opposition to change and growth.

MOOD SWINGS: Pharaoh’s fluctuations about ‘letting the people go’ illustrate the conflict that occurs when personal ego fights against spiritual growth. An imbalance of self-interest manifests as mercurial and unpredictable behavior.

The struggle between Moses and Pharaoh is one many people experience when the desire to grow in consciousness meets the tendency to maintain the status quo.

THE 10TH PLAGUE: Death of firstborn represents all the ‘firstborn’ toxicities we nurture and sustain. To be free, we must recognize we can no longer sustain toxic environments, behaviors and relationships within or without.

SPLITTING OF THE REED SEA: (Red Sea is an erroneous Hebrew to English translation). Symbolizes the divisiveness and obstacles (reeds) that often plague us when we commit to changing ‘firstborn’ toxic patterns.

Water represents fluidity and eroding of old ways that do not serve our best interests or the best interests of those around us.


Partially paraphrased and adapted from the Unity School for Religious Studies and the (Fillmore Fellowship) Metaphysical Bible Dictionary.

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